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The Resource Frank Einstein and the antimatter motor, Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Brian Biggs

Frank Einstein and the antimatter motor, Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Brian Biggs

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Frank Einstein and the antimatter motor
Title
Frank Einstein and the antimatter motor
Statement of responsibility
Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Brian Biggs
Title variation
Frank Einstein and the antimatter motor
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Language
eng
Summary
In his Grandpa Al's garage workshop, child genius Frank Einstein tries to invent a robot that can learn on its own, and after an accident brings wisecracking Klink and overly expressive Klank to life, they set about helping Frank perfect his Antimatter Motor until his archnemesis, T. Edison, steals the robots for his doomsday plan
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Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 3-6 In this start to a new series, young Frank Einstein and his trusted pal Watson foil the dastardly plans of archnemesis T. Edison and his financial advisor, Mr. Chimp. Along the way, they rely on the material assistance of Frank’s genius robot Klink and not-so-genius-but-affectionate robot Klank and the abiding support of Frank’s Grampa Al. The high jinks begin at a school science prize competition and continue after Edison steals Frank’s antimatter technology, ultimately leaving the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Scieszka soaks the narrative in real science, from a narrative structure built on the principles of scientific inquiry to throwaway jokes about apes and teeth. Literary allusions abound, including a principled invocation of Isaac Asimov’s three laws of robotics as articulated in I, Robot. The busy book design features imagery on almost every spread; Biggs’ full-page comic illustrations alternate with spot drawings, numbered scientific figures, diagrams, and blueprints. The clever use of typefaces adds to the visual appeal, with distinctive fonts for the two robots’ dialogue and pictographic ASL hand letters for Mr. Chimp (with a key in the back). In the final analysis, this buoyant, tongue-in-cheek celebration of the impulse to “keep asking questions and finding your own answers” fires on all cylinders. -- Barthelmess, Thom (Reviewed 09-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 111, number 1, p112)
  • Gr 3 – 5 — Scieszka's latest novel centers on kid genius and inventor Frank Einstein and his two self-assembled robots, Klink and Klank. When Frank designs an antimatter motor flying bike to submit for Midville's Science Prize, his idea is stolen—along with Klink and Klank—by his rival, T. Edison, and Edison's sidekick, Mr. Chimp, an actual chimp who communicates through sign language. But, with a bit of ingenuity, and a little help from his Grampa Al and his friend Watson, Frank is able to thwart Edison's plans and rescue the two robots. Sciezka writes in the present tense, creating a fast-paced read, and offers plenty of science facts for children. Biggs's cartoon drawings cleverly add to the story, particularly his illustrations of Mr. Chimp's sign language, which are seamlessly interspersed as dialogue throughout the text. Although not entirely original as a character, Frank is likable and resourceful, while Edison makes for a diabolical but predictable villain. However, children will enjoy the matter-of-fact Klink, affable Klank, and droll Mr. Chimp, all of whom provide the majority of the laughs in the book and inject some novelty into an otherwise standard story. With humor, straightforward writing, tons of illustrations, and a touch of action at the end, this book is accessible and easy to read, making it an appealing choice for reluctant readers. A solid start to the series.—Laura J. Giunta, Garden City Public Library, NY --Laura J. Giunta (Reviewed August 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 8, p90)
  • Scieszka (the Spaceheadz series) pulls in an array of scientific, cultural, and historical allusions and references—Einstein and Frankenstein, sure, but also James Bond, Edison vs. Tesla, the CERN particle collider, and more—in this first book in the Frank Einstein series, loosely based around the subject of matter. Not unlike Shelley’s Frankenstein, science whiz Frank is trying to animate a robot he’s built in his garage lab. Frank doesn’t succeed, but in one of the happy accidents that pepper scientific history (ahem, penicillin), Frank inadvertently lays the groundwork for the creation of two “self-assembled artificial-life” entities named Klink and Klank, fashioned from Shop-Vacs, Casio keyboards, and other mechanical detritus. The antimatter motor Frank whips up next for the science fair leads to a confrontation with his nemesis. Biggs’s (the Everything Goes books) two-color cartoons and diagrams run the gamut from silly to scientific, and the same holds true of Scieszka’s story. In refusing to take itself too seriously, it proves that science can be as fun as it is important and useful. Ages 8–12. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Aug.) --Staff (Reviewed June 16, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 24, p)
  • Scieszka mixes science and silliness again to great effect.Frank Einstein, kid genius and inventor, is staying with his grandfather while his parents travel to Antarctica. Thatâ€TMs just fine with Frank; he and his sidekick, Watson, have inventing to do, and Grampa Alâ€TMs fix-it shop is the perfect place to do science. Frank is hoping to win the Midville Science Prize because Grampa won when he was a kid…and because the prize money will let Frank save Grampaâ€TMs shop from the bill collectors. Frankâ€TMs attempt to build a SmartBot fails, but overnight, a spark ignites the brain heâ€TMs created for the bot, and the next morning he finds two very different robots in his workshop. Now heâ€TMs got Klink, a smart, self-assembled robot who can learn, and Klank, whoâ€TMs really into hugging. Frank doesnâ€TMt feel right entering Klink and Klank in the contest since they assembled themselves, but together with Watson, the four of them can surely some up with something great. Only evil, rival child genius T. Edison stands in their way, and heâ€TMll stop at nothing. Scieszka launches a six-book series with a likable protagonist and a good supporting cast. Science facts are slipped into the story on nearly every page, and Biggsâ€TM two-color drawings are the C12H22O11 on the cookie.Less wacky (and more instructive) than Scieszkaâ€TMs Spaceheadz series—but just as much fun. (Science fiction/humor. 8-12)(Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10351775
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Scieszka, Jon
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.S41267
LC item number
Fr 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 5
Reading level
4.7
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Biggs, Brian
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True
Series statement
Frank Einstein
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Robots
  • Inventors
  • Robots
  • Inventors
  • Humorous stories
  • Science fiction
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Frank Einstein and the antimatter motor, Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Brian Biggs
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Publication
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1032800
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
179 pages
Isbn
9781419712180
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014011918
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781419712180
Label
Frank Einstein and the antimatter motor, Jon Scieszka ; illustrated by Brian Biggs
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1032800
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
179 pages
Isbn
9781419712180
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014011918
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781419712180

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